The Florida Panthers prospects earned a 2-0 shutout victory in their first game of the 2014 Prospects Tournament at the Ford Ice Center, located just outside of Nashville. Rookie netminders Sam Brittain and Jacob DeSerres combined for a 30-save shutout, while F Steven Hodges and F Cody Payne scored goals for the Cats prospects.
After a scoreless first period of action, Hodges put the Panthers prospects on the scoreboard first when he slipped a shot inside the pipes past Bruins goaltender Malcolm Subban. The Cats prospects took a two-goal lead late in the second period when the South Florida native Payne banged a puck past Subban. Neither team would score in the final 20 minutes of action.
Brittain made 13 saves on 13 shots, before being replaced by DeSerres, who stopped all 17 regulation shots that he faced. Hodges finished the game with a goal and an assist, while F Jayce Hawryluk and D Mackenzie Weegar notched assists.
In other prospects tournament action the host Nashville Predators play the Tampa Bay Lightning at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, the Panthers take on Nashville at 8 p.m., while Boston plays Tampa Bay at 5 p.m.
Full Game Stats can be found here.